• Katherine Arthurs

Cuban Spiced Flank Steak Sandwiches with Fontina Cheese

Sandwiches for dinner. YES, please!


Super simple recipe with a great spice blend that does a lot of the work for you! A saucy garlic tomato + herb puree coats the tender steak along with charred mushrooms + onions - you don't even, need the ciabatta. But YOU should! Toasted nicely with olive oil + topped off with melty fontina cheese + cilantro. So good.


We love Schar Gluten Free Ciabatta Rolls. They grill up perfectly with some olive oil + sea salt. They have a great texture - crunchy on the outside + chewy on the inside - perfect for these large mouth full steak sandwiches!


* There are two cooking method's you can use for this recipe. An Instant Pot or a Slow Cooker. Both methods work great - the slow cooker takes a couple of hours, but the taste + flavors are the same.



Cuban Spiced Flank Steak Sandwiches with Fontina Cheese

makes 4 sandwiches with leftovers


2 tablespoons cooking oil, divided (I like using coconut oil)

1 lb. flank steak

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cup tomato puree

2 garlic cloves, peeled + cut in half

1/2 cup chicken bone broth or water

1/2 yellow onion, sliced

8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

good quality olive oil

1/2 cup Fontina cheese, grated

Ciabatta Rolls - These are a great gluten free option

fresh cilantro to garnish


In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried oregano + red pepper flakes together.


Follow either the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker cooking methods below. Return to here, when complete.


While the steak cooks or even after it is finished cooking, saute the mushrooms + onions in 1 tablespoon of cooking oil + a pinch of each salt + pepper, in a skillet on high heat. Saute until the mushrooms are browned + all the liquid has evaporated.


Cut the ciabatta rolls in half. Drizzle some good quality olive oil over the inside of the rolls + sprinkle with a small pinch of sea salt. Using a grill pan, grill or toasted, brown each half until charred + crunchy.


To assemble the sandwiches, place the saucy shredded steak onto 1 half of ciabatta, followed by the mushrooms + onions + cheese.


*If you want your cheese to melt more. Broil them in your oven for 1-2 minutes - be careful to watch them so they don't burn.


Enjoy!


Instant Pot


Heat your Instant Pot up using the Saute setting on high. Add in 1 tablespoon cooking oil. When it is very hot, place the steak in the pot on one side. Let it brown for 3-4 minutes. Flip it over when the bottom side is nicely toasted brown. Cook on the other side for 3-4 minutes or until it is browned.


Turn your setting to Pressure Cook for 45 minutes. Add in the tomato puree, garlic cloves + chicken bone broth. Put the lid on + let the Instant Pot do it's job.


When it's complete, release the pressure. Remove the steak with tongs to a cutting board. Using tongs or two forks, shredded the steak. It should be string like. Once all the steak is shredded, add it back into the cooking liquid in the Instant Pot. Stir to coat the steak with the sauce.


Slow Cooker


To sear the meat, heat up a skillet that will fit the steak in it, over high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. When the pan is hot, add the steak to the skillet. Let it brown for 3-4 minutes. Flip it over when the bottom side is nicely toasted brown. Cook on the other side for 3-4 minutes or until it is browned.


Remove from the skillet + place in a slow cooker bowl. Set the slow cooker to 4 hours on high heat. Add in the tomato puree, garlic cloves + chicken bone broth. Put the lid on it + let the Slow Cooker do it's job.


When the time is over, remove the steak with tongs to a cutting board. Using tongs or two forks, shredded the steak. It should be string like. Once all the steak is shredded, add it back into the cooking liquid in the Slow Cooker. Stir to coat the steak with the sauce.


This recipe was made #glutenfree